Undaunted : Kris Longknife

  • by Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • Series: Kris Longknife
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kris Longknife encounters some peaceful aliens who have come to warn humanity of an unidentifiable force that is roaming the galaxy, obliterating everything in its path - a path now leading directly toward the human worlds.


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This is book seven in the Longknife series. Kris and crew aboard the exploratory ship USS Wasp have blundered into an encounter with an Iteechee vessel. The Iteechee is the race with which humanity had a war 80 years previously. They are so mysterious the cause of the war is still unknown. Kris’ great- grandparents King Raymond and General “Trouble” both fought in the war. The Iteechee death ball vessel wants to speak to Kris, as an envoy from great-grandfather King Ray to plea for galactic safety. Kris takes the delegation of Iteechee to meet with King Ray. Kris is sent off to a planet on a diplomatic mission (with the Iteechee delegation on board her vessel). As usual she is walking into trouble.

The book is well written with a good strong plot. There is lots of banter as usual between the characters. Shepherd has created an enjoyable cast of characters to play foil to Kris. The strength of the story is the strong supporting cast of Kris’ crew and friends, including her computer Nelly, who is developing her own personality in interesting ways. Nelly created her ‘babies” and each of the key people of Kris’s crew were given their own super smart computer. Nelly created a way to hook them to their owner’s mind without the surgery that Kris had. Of course this external attachment does not work as completely as Kris and Nelly’s. Nelly made it clear that none of her “babies” are as smart as she is.

My only complaint is I am getting tired of hearing “one-of-those-damn-longknives” repeated over and over. It is starting to get annoying. This book has less action than prior books but still has lots of suspense. It is great the story is breaking away from the Peterwald feud and is opening up to the galaxy for Shepherd to play with. Dina Pearlman is doing a good job narrating this series.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Not sure how to feel about this one.

It took FOREVER for anything to happen in this book. There was just SOOO much talking. When something finally did happen, our intrepid adventurers handled it without breaking a sweat. With one very notable exception. Spoiler alert......................Kris almost dies in the attack. Not like in other books where she puts herself in harms way. There was a real chance that she wouldn't make it this time. As of the end of the book, she's still on crutches. Everyone is forced to deal with her mortality, even Nelly. Also, Dina's performance slips just a little when doing the alien's voice.
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- sonofsoulreaver

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios